Optus CEO Allen Lew said Australia is in a \u201cunique position\u201d to lead the next generation of mobile technology and he believes the number two telco will play a big role in capitalising on the momentum and making it a reality.\nLew discussed the evolution of 5G mobile network technology at the launch of Optus\u2019 technology showcase of 5G at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, giving users a look at use cases including smart robotics, VR, AR, and high definition video and collaboration.\nOpening the showcase event, Lew said 5G promises to deliver \u201creliable\u201d high-speed communications to consumers and businesses.\nNo caption\n\u201cWe use this leading edge technology to let us make a difference to provide exciting content and a personalised customer experience to our business and consumer customers,\u201d Lew said. \n\u201cIn the coming year you will see us attempt to lift competition to a new level as we seek to deliver on these pillars.\u201d\nAs reported earlier in Computerworld,Optus will launch a 5G fixed wireless service in early 2019. The launch of the service in \u201ckey metro areas\u201d will be the beginning of the telco\u2019s rollout of technology based on the new wireless standard and follows a recent trial of 5G New Radio at Optus\u2019 Macquarie Park HQ that delivered speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second.\nAt the games, Optus is providing telco services to the event sites, to the athletes and organisers, as well as broadcasters. \n\u201cThe games will not only showcase our ability to deliver a mission-critical network services, but it is a showcase of our technology leadership - something that all telcos are moving towards. It is beyond just providing basic connectivity services,\u201d Lew said.\n"We\u2019ve taken the latest generation of mobile technology and we\u2019ve used its high-speed capabilities, lower latency capabilities to show consumers and businesses the real-world applications that can arise out of this new technology.\nNo caption\n\u201cWe believe in innovation and in the human spirit - and once people are exposed to the real-world capabilities of these technologies - they will use their creativity and imagination to come up with new services together with us that will improve the lives of consumers and increase the productivity of businesses and the ability for businesses to engage further with their customers.\u201d\nHighlighting the technology advancements under 5G, Optus Networks managing director, Dennis Wong, said the technology significantly improves on 2G (voice), 3G (browsing), and 4G (video), and now offers faster mobile speed and multiple machine connectivity. \nAs the company starts to introduce 5G to parts of the network, technologies such as VR and HD gaming will be on a new level of experience - for example, consumes can download a 800MB movie in one second, he said. \nHe said 5G promises to take consumers and businesses away from a technology-led delivery model and into a whole new capability range that\u2019s services-led. \n\u201cWe use cloud, we use AI, we use the Internet-of-Things, but you need a reliable connection. . . To me, 5G is the final piece of the missing puzzle for the 4th industrial revolution. It is important because it provides the ultra low latency, the high bandwidth, and the network sliced architecture,"he said.\nNo caption\n\u201cWe are preparing for the future,\u201d he said, explaining Optus has done substantive work preparing for technology delivery in early 2019 including modernising its backhaul from 10 Gigabytes to 100, created cloud data centres, focusing on machine learning, AI, network virtualisation, innovation and service orchestration.\n"4G moving to 5G is a new generation. It isn\u2019t just about speed. It\u2019s about latency, machine connectivity, and availability."